Disputes & Investigations

In an environment of increased regulatory scrutiny and litigation risk, it is critical to have systems and processes in place to manage business and conduct risk in your organisation.

Should those risks materialise into disputes or investigations, strategies are required that are aligned to reputational and commercial drivers, and that enable effective responses - often under tight timeframes.

How we can help

We are experts in assisting clients with complex disputes and investigations matters

Ranked as a band-1 disputes practice by Chambers Global, we act in the most complex, high-value and reputationally significant disputes and investigations in the Australian market. Our clients have access to leading practitioners with experience across a range of sectors.

We advise on:

Working alongside our clients in a changing environment

Our team works side by side with clients as they confront the challenges of a constantly changing legal and regulatory landscape, with regulatory reform and new enforcement approaches by regulators high on the agenda.

Acting decisively and immediately when faced with an unexpected major incident, crisis or litigation

We mobilise quickly, listen to your concerns and base our recommendations on what's most important to you, ensuring we minimise reputational and legal risk.

Leveraging leading technology and expertise to collect and review vast quantities of documents and data

Through Allens Arrow, we combine low cost document review, AI and predictive coding with legal insight to help clients reduce costs and meet deadlines.


Royal Commissions/ Commissions of Inquiry

We have extensive experience across a wide spectrum of Royal Commission roles, public investigations and inquiries, helping clients manage the reputational and litigation risks arising from commissions and investigations. We advised various financial services clients on the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Nissan Takata airbags class action

Acted for Nissan Motors Australia in class action proceedings relating to alleged safety issues with Takata airbags. This case was conducted in parallel with the largest safety recall in Australian history and class actions in other countries.


Acted in relation to a shareholder class action instituted by Maurice Blackburn in September 2015.

Rio Tinto mining dispute

Advised in connection with its involvement in a complex dispute between Hancock Prospecting, Wright Prospecting and DFD Rhodes over the multibillion-dollar Hope Downs iron ore project in Western Australia. The proceedings involved disputes and resources specialists across our Sydney and Perth offices.

Defence of Asahi claim

Advised the Hong Kong-based Unitas Capital private equity group defending an $800 million claim by Asahi for misleading or deceptive conduct in connection with Asahi's acquisition in 2011 of alcoholic beverages producer Independent Liquor. 

CITIC US$10bn litigation

Acted for CITIC in connection with a range of litigation with Mineralogy, Clive Palmer and other Palmer related entities concerning the massive Sino Iron Project in the Pilbara, Western Australia.


Working with clients in a range of industry sectors, particularly energy and resources, mining, and construction, we have undertaken numerous high-profile international arbitrations in Australia and abroad under a variety of arbitration rules, including ICC, UNCITRAL, HKIAC, CIETAC, SIAC and LCIA.

ISPT dispute

Advised on a number of issues concerning its major redevelopment of the Forrest Chase shopping centre in Perth. This included acting in a complex dispute with a business located adjacent to the shopping centre. 

PTTEP Australasia

Acted in respect of a class action commenced in the Federal Court of Australia arising from the 2009 Montara oilfield incident.

Risk and compliance advisory

Conducting compliance reviews, risk and culture assessments, anti-bribery, modern slavery and whistleblowing investigations for clients, and advising on mitigating risk and response strategies.

Multinational resources company

Advised on insurance issues arising out of a landslide in 2013. This event was one of the largest landslides in mining history.

Westpac BBSW litigation

Acted in civil penalty proceedings brought by ASIC as a result of its investigation of potential manipulation of the Bank Bill Swap Rate (known as BBSW and the Australian equivalent of Libor).